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Making Legal History: Essays in Honor of William E. Nelson

Daniel J. Hulsebosch and R. B. Bernstein


For more than four decades, Nelson has produced some of the most original and creative work on American constitutional and legal history. His prize-winning books have blazed new trails for historians with their substantive arguments and the scope and depth of Nelson's exploration of primary sources. Nelson was the first legal scholar to use early American county court records as sources of legal and social history, and his work (on legal history in England, colonial America, and New York) has been a model for generations of legal historians. This book includes a number of chapters exemplifying ... More

Keywords: Nelson, American constitution, U.S. legal history, archival sources, American legal history, American history, colonial era

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814725269
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814725269.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel J. Hulsebosch, editor

R. B. Bernstein, editor

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Front Matter


Daniel J. Hulsebosch, and R. B. Bernstein

I Civil Wars and Legal Rights

1 The Landscape of Faith

Sarah Barringer Gordon

II Law and Social Regulation

4 Was the Warning of Strangers Unique to Colonial New England?

Cornelia H. Dayton and Sharon V. Salinger

III Courts, Judges, and Litigators

8 A Mania for Accumulation

Susanna L. Blumenthal